When it was first announced Creepshow was going to be getting a revival, I was very excited for it. In fact, this ended being my reasoning for subscribing to Shudder, and I ended being very pleased with my decision to do so.
For those not familiar, Creepshow was an anthology that was released in 1982, featuring stories penned by Stephen King, and was directed by George Romero. It was meant as a homage to the EC comics of the 1950s, such as Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. After the movie was released, a Creepshow comic book was released based on the movie with illustrations by Bernie Wrightson. In 1987, Creepshow 2 was released, once again featuring stories written by Stephen King, and produced by George Romero. There was a third Creepshow released which neither King or Romero had any involvement in, and it ended up being a real stinker.
In 2019, Greg Nicotero took the reigns in bringing the Creepshow TV series to life. There are 6 episodes, with the series debuting on September 26th on Shudder. Each episode was released weekly. lasting mostly through the end of October. The series started out strong, but then after each episode was filled with hits and misses. It felt the entire time that the series was trying to find its footing, but it performed well enough that there will be a second season, which I was hoping for as maybe this will be its moment to start running as opposed to shambling along in one direction or the other.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the series as a whole. Each episode contained two stories, and some horror veterans such as Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell appeared. As I mentioned, the first episode, and my most favorite, was a very strong debut. The first story was called Gray Matter, based on a Stephen King short story about the monster that alcoholism can truly become. The second story was called the House of the Head, which is about a decapitated head that goes on a murder spree in a doll house. Some other stand outs for me from the different episodes are The Finger, The Man in the Suitcase, The Night of the Paw, and Skincrawlers. The other episodes were pretty much take them or leave them
What I loved most about the series is for the most part, everything was done with practical effects. As you watched the episode, it would sometimes transition into telling the story through comic book panels. So it really gave you the feel of like reading horror comics of yore, complete with showing you the cover, the oddball ads, and the final page of the comic.
As a whole, if you have Shudder, I cannot recommend this series enough. It is one of Shudder's best offerings, and if you don't have Shudder yet, it is available for 4.99 a month, which is well worth the price compared to other streaming services out there. Yeah, I know I am pandering here, but as a horror fan, Shudder offers a lot of bang for your buck. Just avoid the Critters TV series on there at all costs, and you will be fine.
So what are your thoughts on Creepshow? Did you enjoy the new series? What were some of your favorites? And what would you like to see in the second season? Feel free to weigh in below
Til next time, stay scared!!! -Tha Thrilla-